Helpful Resources for High School Graduates

Through the Education & Talent division of Flint & Genesee Group, we are beginning to build relationships with some of our residents as early as kindergarten. And as we come to the end of another school year, we are proud to see so many TeenQuest and YouthQuest alumni celebrating their high school graduation.

So, as the class of 2022 eagerly awaits what’s next – whether it’s a college education, a certification program, an apprenticeship, or work experience – I’d like to highlight a few resources available to them along the way. The Group is committed to preparing and strengthening its future employees, and we offer support that can help them achieve and exceed their goals.

We achieve this in part through the Flint Promise, a scholarship designed for students who live and graduate from a high school located in the city of Flint. The scholarship allows eligible students to attend college for little or no cost at three outstanding institutions of higher learning – Kettering University, Mott Community College, and University of Michigan-Flint.

Additionally, this summer, the Group is partnering with local employers through the Flintern Initiative to maximize the impact of their internship programs. Internships are a great way for students and young professionals to develop their skills, CV and professional network. The Flintern Initiative builds on this experience by helping area interns make connections and learn about the resources, services and activities available to them locally.

For any professional under 40, I recommend joining the Flint & Genesee Young Professionals Committee of the Flint & Genesee Chamber, which provides opportunities for professional development, service learning, and networking. The group is an incredible resource, especially for people just starting out in their professional careers. There’s also Lead Now, an introspective leadership development program that teaches participants how to create a vision, develop followership, and achieve results. Applications for the next cohort are due July 1.

Finally, we know that Gen Z is an entrepreneurial bunch, and the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance Small Business Helpdesk is here to help them take their business ideas to the next level.

A great example of a young person who has used many of the Group’s programs and services is La’Asia Johnson, who participated in TeenQuest and Summer Youth Initiative just over ten years ago. After launching Elle Jae Essentials, an all-natural skin, hair and beard care line, La’Asia worked with our Economic Alliance team to identify and secure funding opportunities and recently joined the Flint & Genesee Chamber, which helped celebrate the opening of its new storefront in Flint’s University Avenue hallway last week. What is particularly exciting is that La’Asia has joined Summer Youth Initiative as an employer, bringing its experience with the full program cycle.

At Flint & Genesee Group, we aim to strengthen the local economy and create a place where people thrive and businesses invest and grow. The Class of 2022 plays an important role in helping us with this work. I encourage them to take advantage of these resources early in their careers, hopefully here at Flint & Genesee. Learn more about flintandgenesee.org.

Kristina Johnston is the Chief Operating Officer of Flint & Genesee Group.

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